Police in Borno State have advised members of the Shi’ite sect against observing their planned procession in Maiduguri.

Commissioner of police in the State Damian Chukwu gave the advice while addressing newsmen in Maiduguri.

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Chukwu advised the group to adopt a lawful means of propagating its cause rather than engaging in road procession.

“We just got information that the Shi’ite group is trying to embark on public procession in Maiduguri and the state government had already issued a statement banning that procession.

“I want to say that we are in support of the ban because the law banning public procession without permission is still in force,” he said.

The commissioner recalled previous processions in the state which ended in violence. He then advised the group to shun the planned procession as it could result in another clash.

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“We know the group will always want to carry on with the procession without even trying to seek permission.

”We hereby advise them to please shelve the procession in the interest of peace,” he said.

Chukwu said that the police would do everything possible to ensure the maintenance of peace in the state and warned the group to drop the planned procession.